When we make speeches, or write columns, the film fraternity is always referred to as one large family. But the reality is quite different. Think about it, how often do we meet people we know in the trade?
We are a diverse group of individuals who make completely different cinema from each other. Our film industry allows independent films to coexist with the multi-crore family entertainers. You may ask me why I think it’s a good idea to get all of us on a common platform.
I feel, such an environment, will be so much more constructive! We will no longer be critiquing our peers’ work in the comfort of our living rooms and instead be engaging in conversations with them, taking both, their and our work onto different levels.
Something like this would not only make the workings of this small industry more seamless but also encourage collaborations, knowledge sharing and not in the least, will help dispel rumours! Issues can be ironed out if we meet each other and communicate so that we don’t believe what the grapevine says. Gossip, rumour and the grapevine breed misunderstandings, which persist because we don’t have the chance to get information first-hand and clear the air.
We could then graduate from distant colleagues in the film world to constructive peers who can call themselves a fraternity... for real.
Of course, this sounds simple in theory. Still, we must make the effort to meet and keep in touch with each other. I would have tried to make this happen, create a platform where all of us could gather. But the truth is, if I did try to do it, I would not be able to give it my 100 per cent when I am in the middle of making a movie. My single-minded obsession for focusing on the film I’m making and its everyday commitments leaves not much time. The same applies to every other filmmaker because when we are making a movie, we think of practically nothing else.
Moreover, managing and maintaining such a platform where all of the members are invariably busy with their own projects would be no mean task. Still, it would be great if it could happen. And if it did, I bet it would have to be a non-filmmaker to get us all into one room.
Given a chance, I would love to spend an evening with Vishal Bhardwaj, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Imtiaz Ali and the new crop of filmmakers and try to understand the way they work, hear about their experiences and inspirations. Until that happens, I can just hope that someone reads this article, gets inspired and finds a way to make it happen.
After all, we are family.